Hollister Ranch Development
There are parameters and protocols to the development of a 100-acre
parcel at Hollister Ranch.
The first step to property development is to obtain approvals from
the Hollister Ranch Design Committee. The Design Committee is primarily
concerned with the aesthetics of development projects. The general
goal is to maintain the appearance of Hollister Ranch as closely
as possible to that which existed prior to the subdivision of the
Ranch. By means of the Design Committee Rules the committee members
help guide the property owner through the process in the effort
to preserve the cattle ranch ambience.
Every parcel is permitted a principal residence by virtue of the
Zoning Ordinance of Santa Barbara County. When deemed appropriate
by the county, a guesthouse may also be constructed. The Agricultural
Preserve contract for each parcel stipulate that the principal residence
and the guesthouse be constructed within a two acre building envelope.
Any support structures to the principal residence (e.g. storage
sheds, pump houses, small “residential” barns, etc.) must be built
within this envelope as well.
The remainder (98+ acres) of the property must be actively involved
in a commercial agricultural project. For most parcels, the agricultural
pursuit is range grass grazing by the cattle run by the Hollister
Any additional construction must be in conjunction with commercial
agriculture (other than that carried on by the Cooperative). In
a small number of cases, some parcels may be appropriate for an
individual commercial agricultural pursuit. Under the right circumstances,
a residence for an agricultural employee may be permissible.
In order to construct an agricultural employee residence the county
must recognize the necessity for a full-time agricultural employee
to tend a profitable agricultural project. The county’s decision
in this situation is a subjective one. It is important to understand
that there is no guarantee that an agricultural employee residence
will be permitted.
Download the Parcel Development Manual
There are a number of licensed general contractors who work and
live at Hollister Ranch. They are listed below in alphabetical order:
- Kit Boise-Cossart:
- Bob Curtis:
- Bruce Gale:
- Bill Swanson:
- Bill Hawksworth: